Tag: sustainability

Backyard Chickens in Philly: Renegade Poultry Farmer Speaks Out

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Photo: Virginia C. McGuire

Chickens are illegal in Philadelphia on parcels of land smaller than three acres. But as Philly Mag reported back in 2010, an urban chicken movement is gaining momentum in Philadelphia. It’s very possible that some of your neighbors are keeping a few discreet laying hens in the back yard. We spoke with a chicken owner in Germantown about her flock.

Meghan lives in West Germantown with her husband, two kids, a salt water fish tank, and a black labrador. She also has seven chickens living in a coop in her front yard.

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For Rent: Fishtown Home With Living Green Roof


This three-bedroom/three-bath Fishtown home for rent–one of two identical homes that comprised the first LEED-certified project in Philly–is 2,683 square feet of quality sustainable living. What this means, among other things, is that it’s at least 50 percent more efficient in terms of heating, cooling and hot water than is required under law, with a combination of sophisticated systems put into place, from a green roof that captures more heat to a rainwater cistern that collects water that can be recycled for the roof’s irrigation.

’Tis a noble thing to live in such a sustainable home, but is it more work for the resident?

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Property’s Morning Obsession: k YODER Design’s Locust Street Baths

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Design: k YODER. Photo: Jeffrey Totaro

For its most recent project, Philadelphia architecture and interiors firm k YODER Design took on one of the most bedeviling renovation design challenges: the bathroom. How to make a place that’s filled with so many givens, and dedicated primarily to utility, sing aesthetically? And, harder yet, how to do so sustainably? Kevin Yoder’s modern eye has the aesthetic challenge nailed, but in this case he went further by employing Lithoverde, a recycled natural stone product for a sustainable bathroom renovation.

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